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retired523 05-08-2011 07:05 AM

Mold smell in water
 
We found directions online about how to flush the freshwater tank, but the freshwater tank isn't the problem. The water coming through the faucet in the kitchen and bathroom sinks smells and tastes like mold. This may be the same in the shower and washing machine, but I don't know since I haven't tried to smell or taste water from those. We've been at our RV site for two weeks and the smell started about a week ago. Any suggestions on what we should do to find the problem?

Emmel 05-08-2011 08:09 AM

First I have to ask, do you use a water filter? If you are hooked directly to the water source, the freah water tank won't come into the factor. If you are using the fresh tank, flush the system out with household bleach. I'd start with one filter and if that doesn't completely take the smell away, go to two filters. We had to use two filters in a cg in Bremen Ind, and I think a third one would have helped.

Art-n-Marge 05-08-2011 08:27 AM

You should be able to find instructions on flushing the RV systems as well. If you must flush out the fresh water tank then I'd recommend flushing the whole house system too. You might need a few treatments since some of the problem areas might be right after any shutoffs.

It basically means you run the pump and get the bleach solution in all the plumbing, let it sit for several hours (overnight is best - that's what I do, but I don't live in my rig) and do its thing, then flush with fresh water to remove the bleach smell (don't forget the filters). Hopefully this takes care of the mold/mildew problem.

Don't forget to use the filter system when refilling the fresh water tank. It doesn't do much good if you have a wonderful filter system for the city water supply, then don't use it when filling the fresh water tank.

I use my water filters for any water coming in to my rig. I've seen RVers connect up the city water using the filters, then fill up the fresh water as an emergency backup to the city water supply AFTERWARDS using NO filters. Makes no sense to bypass your filtration system.


Jolu 05-08-2011 08:59 AM

You might check the hot water tank. The water in there can go bad and cause a bad smell.
It would need to be drained and flushed out with a wand if it is the source of the smell. If you use bleach to sanitize the system run it into the water heater also.
Joe

racerjoe 05-08-2011 10:55 AM

You need to flush the lines using the fresh water tank with a bleach mix. fill the tank with water and a cup of bleach,then run all your faucets until you smell bleach. wait a couple hours and drain and reflush with fresh water. that is how you get rid or the smell.you may be mistaking the write up as just cleaning the tank,but it does it all

kdeiss 05-08-2011 10:58 AM

Also check the hose!I run bleach through the hose every spring I am thinking this may be the the problem

sreigle 05-08-2011 03:40 PM

I have had a couple of hoses "go bad" like Ken mentioned.

First I'd suggest you make sure the park's water isn't the problem. If it's ok from the spigot, check the hose(s) to see how the water is coming out of there.

racerjoe 05-08-2011 05:35 PM

forgot about the hose. especially if it is not made for drinking water

Ishler 05-10-2011 02:28 AM

We had a similar problem in our last unit. All the sanitizing wouldn't cure it. Finally discovered the water in the washer prep lines was the source. Flushed and sanitized them and the smell went away.

bw2 05-10-2011 03:30 AM

I second the washer hot/cold lines. Flush these lines and the smell goes away. We make it a routine to run the water through the lines to prevent the water from stagnating in them.

retired523 05-12-2011 01:44 AM

Thank you very much for your suggestions. We flushed lines and changed the hose -- problem is gone.

sreigle 05-17-2011 04:37 PM

Good to hear it. Thanks for letting us know. Now you can enjoy your RV.


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